New Arrivals · Poetry

January 7, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Counting descent

January 6, 2017
Smith, Clint, author.
Los Angeles, CA : Write Bloody Publishing, [2016]
74 pages ; 23 cm

Garden time

January 4, 2017
Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927- author.
xiii, 71 pages ; 20 cm

The lost plays of Greek tragedy. Volume 1, Neglected authors

January 4, 2017
Wright, Matthew (Matthew Ephraim), author.
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
xxix, 277 pages ; 24 cm

House of lords and commons

December 22, 2016
Hutchinson, Ishion, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
81 pages ; 22 cm
"Poems"--Jacket cover.
"A stunning collection that traverses the borders of culture and time from the 2011 winner of the PEN / Joyce Osterweil Award"-- Provided by publisher.

The abridged history of rainfall

December 7, 2016
Hopler, Jay, 1970- author.
ix, 75 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
Part I. -- Winter Night Full of Stars -- Where Is All This Water Coming From? -- Self-Pity Is Better Than No Pity At All -- It Was Not of the Moon We Dreamt -- Umbrian Anecdotes -- O, the Sadness Immaculate -- Not All Skeletons Are Museum Quality -- A Moral Victory Is Still A Defeat -- Poem Written on the First Anniversary of My Father's Death -- After the Obsequies, Etc. -- Eulogy (Currently in Revision) -- Meditation on a Poem Currently in Revision -- Sonnet on Consequence -- May 25 -- Part II. -- Excerpts from the Unabridged History of Rainfall -- Birds are How the Earth Makes Sense of Heaven -- Elegy for the Living -- The Grove -- The Ranges of Birds -- Beauty is a Real Thing, I've Seen It -- What This Poem Means -- Alarums. Flourishes. Exeunt. -- From a Window -- Elegy -- Glose -- The Pallbearer -- Jazz Funeral -- Cloud Chanty -- Part III. -- Epigraph -- The Rooster King -- The Coast Road
Jay Hopler's second collection, a mourning song for his father, is an elegy of uproar, a careening hymn to disaster and its aftermath. In lyric poems by turns droll and desolate, Hopler documents the struggle to live in the face of great loss, a task that sends him ranging through Florida's torrid subtropics, the mountains of the American West, the streets of Rome, and the Umbrian countryside - Provided by the publisher.

Commotion of the birds : new poems

December 6, 2016
Ashbery, John, 1927- author.
100 pages ; 23 cm

The performance of becoming human

December 6, 2016
Borzutzky, Daniel, author.
89 pages ; 21 cm
Let light shine out of darkness -- The performance of becoming human -- In the blazing cities of your rotten carcass mouth -- The gross and borderless body -- Dream song #17 -- The private world -- Dream song #423 -- Memories of my overdevelopment -- Eat nothing -- The privatized waters of dawn -- Archive -- Obliged to perform in darkness -- The broken testimony -- The devouring economy of nature -- Lake Michigan merges into the Bay of Valparaiso, Chile -- Lake Michigan, scene #XIC290.341AB3DY -- The mountain at the end of this book.
Daniel Borzutzky's new collection of poetry, The Performance of Becoming Human, draws hemispheric connections between the US and Latin America, specifically touching upon issues relating to border and immigration policies, economic disparity, political violence, and the disturbing rhetoric of capitalism and bureaucracies. To become human is to navigate these borders, including those of institutions, the realities of over- and under-development, and the economies of privatization, in which humans endure state-sanctioned and systemic abuses.--Publisher website.

One toss of the dice : the incredible story of how a poem made us modern

December 2, 2016
Bloch, R. Howard, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
320 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A poet is born -- The foundation of a magnificent work -- Enchanting a devastated world -- Tuesdays in the "little house of Socrates" -- "There has been an attack on verse!" -- "There, I've added a bit of shadow" -- The dice are tossed -- "It's the same for the man of science."

A meal like that : poems

December 1, 2016
Garcia, Albert J., 1963- author.
Columbus, GA : Brick Road Poetry Press, [2015]
xv, 96 pages ; 23 cm


November 30, 2016
Carson, Anne, 1950- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 24 cm.
Originally published as 23 chapbooks in a chapbook slipcase, bound into 1 volume.
By chance the cycladic people -- Candor -- Cassandra float can -- Contempts: a study of profit and nonprofit in Homer, Moravia and Godard -- The designated mourner by Wally Shawn, final production, NYC, June 2013 -- Eras of Yves Klein -- Good dog I, II, and III -- How to like "If I told him: a completed portrait of Picasso" by Gertrude Stein -- L.A. -- Maintenance -- Merry Christmas from Hegel -- Nelligan: some poems translated from the French -- 108 (flotage) -- Performance notes -- Pinplay: a version of Euripides' Bacchae -- Possessive used as drink (me): a lecture on pronouns in the form of 15 sonnets -- Powerless structures fig. 11 (Sanne) -- Pronoun envy -- Stacks -- Uncle falling: a pair of lyric lectures with shared chorus -- Variations on the right to remain silent -- Wildly constant -- Zeusbits.

The sobbing school

November 30, 2016
Bennett, Joshua (Poet)
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2016]
xvii, 73 pages ; 22 cm.
"The Sobbing School, Joshua Bennett's mesmerizing debut collection of poetry, presents songs for the living and the dead that destabilize and de-familiarize representations of black history and contemporary black experience. What animates these poems is a desire to assert life, and interiority, where there is said to be none. Figures as widely divergent as Bobby Brown, Martin Heidegger, and the 19th century performance artist Henry Box Brown, as well as Bennett's own family and childhood best friends, appear and are placed in conversation toward the end of claiming that there is always a world beyond what we are socialized to see value in, always alternate ways of thinking about relation that explode easy binaries"-- Provided by publisher.

The best American poetry.

November 29, 2016
New York, N.Y. : Collier Books,
v. ; 22 cm.
Imprint varies: 1999-<2016> published by Scribner Poetry.


November 23, 2016
Gizzi, Peter, author.
82 pages : color illustration ; 21 cm.
Archeophonics -- Field recordings -- When orbital proximity feels creepy -- Release the darkness to new lichen -- A social history of mercury -- "The winter sun says fight" -- This world is not conclusion -- Night work -- Song -- Google Earth -- Rainy days and Mondays -- Instagrammar -- Antico adagio -- Pretty sweety -- A ghosting floral -- A garden in the air -- Sentences in a synapse field -- How to read -- Civil twilight -- A winding sheet for summer -- Bewitched.
Archeophonics is the first collection of new work from the poet Peter Gizzi in five years. Archeophonics, defined as the archeology of lost sound, is one way of understanding the role and the task of poetry: to recover the buried sounds and shapes of languages in the tradition of the art, and the multitude of private connections that lie undisclosed in one&#x;s emotional memory. The book takes seriously the opening epigraph by the late great James Schuyler: zpoetry, like music, is not just song.y It recognizes that the poem is not a decorative art object but a means of organizing the world, in the words of anthropologist Clifford Geertz, zinto transient examples of shaped behavior.y Archeophonics is a series of discrete poems that are linked by repeated phrases and words, and its themes are nothing less than joy, outrage, loss, transhistorical thought, and day-to-day life. It is a private book of public and civic

Imaginary vessels

November 23, 2016
Rekdal, Paisley, author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2016]
xii, 119 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Lannan literary selection."
"Paisley Rekdal questions how identity and being inhabit metaphorical and personified 'vessels,' from blown glass and soap bubbles to skulls unearthed at the Colorado State Mental Institution. Whether writing short lyrics or a sonnet sequence celebrating Mae West, Rekdal's intellectually inquisitive and carefully researched poems delight in sound, meter, and head-on engagement."-- Provided by publisher.

The last shift

November 23, 2016
Levine, Philip, 1928-2015, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
viii, 79 pages ; 24 cm
"The final collection of new poems from one of our finest and most beloved poets. The poems in this wonderful collection touch all of the events and places that meant the most to Philip Levine."-- Provided by publisher.

My lost poets : a life in poetry

November 22, 2016
Levine, Philip, 1928-2015, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
ix, 210 pages ; 23 cm
My lost poets -- Nobody's Detroit -- On finding William Carlos Williams and my poetry -- Detroit jazz in the late forties and early fifties -- A history of my befuddlement -- A day in May -- A means of transport: George Hitchcock and kayak -- The Spanish Civil War in poetry -- In the next world: the poetry of Roberta Spear -- Getting and spending.
"Essays, speeches, and journal entries from one of our most admired and best-loved poets that illuminate how he came to understand himself as a poet, the events and people that he wrote about, and the older poets who influenced him"-- Provided by publisher.

Collected poems

November 22, 2016
Ponsot, Marie, author.
xv, 475 pages ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
"This is Borzoi book."
"At last, the stunning life work of this beloved, prize-winning poet will be gathered in one volume, covering sixty years of poetry, from 1956 to 2016. Born in 1921, Marie Ponsot began her career in 1956 with True Minds, one of the famous Pocket Poets pamphlets published by City Lights. After this auspicious beginning, Ponsot went on to an unconventional career, and would not publish again until 1981, when Admit Impediment was published by Knopf. Her reemergence--after raising seven children, and always writing, if not actively publishing--brought us a writer of mature wit, unusual rhythms and a poetry of sparkling surface, though her ear is tuned always to the deeper music of human feeling. Ponsot values the local and personal as a proving ground for the grand mysteries, and in examining the powerful underground life of women, her poetry is as practical as it is profound"-- Provided by publisher.

Conversations from her heart : a book of poetry

November 10, 2016
Deloatch, Tanya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Tanya has written poetry over the last twenty-five years as inspiration provides. Yet, she is an emotion driven writer, so she tends write about her own personal experiences, feelings or from events and circumstances that have transpired in and around her life. Check out her first project "Conversations From Her Heart" and relate to some of the situations she shares throughout from "The Proposal" to "The Delivery"."--Back cover.

In her feelings : a book of poetry

November 10, 2016
Deloatch, Tanya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
54 pages ; 23 cm
"This book of poetry includes thirty-six poems of emotions; some raw &#x; others downright bitter, but all with feeling. zIn Her Feelingsy will make you laugh, cry, wonder and possibly relate to many of the scenarios offered by the Author/Poet. This collection of poems is her sophomore project."--Back cover.

Mixed emotions : a collection of poetry

November 10, 2016
Deloatch, Tanya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
96 pages ; 23 cm
"This collection of poetry offers a plethora of situations with a variety of feelings, insight and passion. The Author/Poet does not disappoint with this installment of emotions ranging from pain and hurt to faith in love. "Mixed Emotions" takes readers on a journey of reflection and hope."--Back cover.


November 8, 2016
Adnan, Etel, author.
50 pages ; 19 cm


November 2, 2016
Siken, Richard, 1967-
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2005.
62 pages ; 19 cm.
Scheherazade -- Dirty valentine -- Little beast -- Seaside improvisation -- The torn-up road -- Litany in which certain things are crossed out -- Visible world -- Boot theory -- A primer for the small weird loves -- Unfinished duet -- I had a dream about you -- Straw house, straw dog -- Saying your names -- Planet of love -- Wishbone -- Driving, not washing -- Road music -- The dislocated room -- You are Jeff -- Meanwhile -- Snow and dirty rain.
An award-winning collection of poems by Richard Siken that explore passion and obsession.

Works and days

October 27, 2016
Mayer, Bernadette, author.
116 pages ; 23 cm.

At the foundling hospital

October 18, 2016
Pinsky, Robert, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
63 pages ; 22 cm
""Since the death of Robert Lowell in 1977, no single figure has dominated American poetry the way that Lowell, or before him Eliot, once did. But among the many writers who have come of age in our fin de siècle, none have succeeded more completely as poet, critic, and translator than Robert Pinsky."--James Longenbach, The Nation The poems in Robert Pinsky's At the Foundling Hospital consider personality and culture as improvised from loss: a creative effort so pervasive it is invisible. An extreme example is the abandoned newborn. At the Foundling Hospital of eighteenth-century London, in a benign and oddly bureaucratic process, each new infant was identified by a duly recorded token. A minimal, charged particle of meaning, the token might be a coin or brooch or thimble--or sometimes a poem, such as the one quoted in full in Pinsky's poem "The Foundling Tokens." A foundling may inherit less of a past than an orphan, but with a wider set of meanings. The foundling soul needs to be adopted, and it needs to be adaptive. In one poem, French and German appear as originally Creole tongues, invented by the rough needs of conquered peoples and their Roman masters. In another, creators from scorned or excluded groups--among them Irving Berlin, Quintus Horatius Flaccus, and W.E.B. Du Bois--speak, as does the Greek tragic chorus, in the first-person singular. In these poems, a sometimes desperate, perpetual reimagining of identity, on the scale of one life or of human history, is deeply related to music: The quest is lyrical, whether the subject is as specific as "the emanation of a dead star still alive" or as personal as the "pinhole iris of your mortal eye." "-- Provided by publisher.

The rain in Portugal : poems

October 17, 2016
Collins, Billy, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xiii, 108 pages ; 22 cm
"Billy Collin's first new book in three years contains more than forty new poems that showcase the generosity, playfulness, and wisdom that have made him one of our most beloved poets"-- Provided by publisher.

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